MA­JOR MOVE

Ex­pect for­mer Horns QB to put stamp on Her­man’s old pro­gram at Hous­ton.

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How new coach Applewhite is re­shap­ing Hous­ton Cougars

As a head foot­ball coach, Ma­jor Applewhite is a blank slate. So he set the record straight Wed­nes­day. Yes, he plans to con­tinue most of the ways of his pre­de­ces­sor, Tom Her­man, who left Hous­ton for Texas. What’s he go­ing to change? “Not much,” Applewhite said. “We be­lieve in the same stuff.”

No, he won’t be kiss­ing his Hous­ton play­ers as Her­man did. He just smirked when asked.

Yes, he was sore about Her­man poach­ing a trio of three-star UH com­mit­ments dur­ing re­cruit­ing and went “nu­clear” in a heated pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion with Her­man, two sources told me, but he’s over it. “When you lose play­ers in the 11th hour, it’s not a good thing,” he said. “Stuff like that, you move on and don’t dwell on it.”

Yes, he re­mains close to Her­man and talks to him about ev­ery other week, and did so Tues­day. Asked how he likes be­ing Her­man’s land­lord at his for­mer three-bed­room home in West Austin, Applewhite said, “It’s easy. The money comes in on time.”

No, he doesn’t re­ally have a firm opin­ion on the Big 12’s de­ci­sion not to ex­tend a mem­ber­ship

THOMAS B. SHEA / AP

Even though he’s a first­time head coach, Hous­ton’s Ma­jor Applewhite ap­pears ready for the chal­lenge. He has worked un­der Nick Sa­ban, Mack Brown and Tom Her­man.

Kirk Bohls Com­men­tary

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